rest your pretty head.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Sometimes the best getaway from the busy, fast paced everyday is right here in your own home. These bedrooms, adorned with their ornate and luxurious headboards, take turning your space into a sanctuary of sorts to the next level. I can just imagine myself setting up camp and cozying up with a few good books, a pot of tea and staying put all weekend long. Here are a few favorite pretty beds and headboards that have recently caught my eye.

This cool brick Boston apartment turns into a warm and inviting space by pairing natural textiles atop this off-white tufted headboard. This pretty padded headboard does wonders to bring a softer feeling into the more industrial-seeming space.

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Minted + West Elm Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

We are delighted by the work that was submitted for the Minted + West Elm Art Challenge—and we are delighted by our partnership as well—look for Minted in West Elm stores and www.westelm.com starting in September.

One of my favorite elements about this challenge was the influx of new artists and the variety of new styles from our existing artists. It’s exciting to see work from well-established graphic artists like Rose Lindo delve into new territory for our collection (see her lovely piece, The Rapids). It’s equally exciting to meet new Minted artists, such as Holly Royval and Samantha French, and have the privilege to welcome them, and the other new artists, into our community.

I keep returning again and again to view these pieces and can’t wait for them to be available for sale—I’m holding spots for a few of these prints in my own home.

Unexpected Organic Award

Sun Drop” by Holly Royval

A mosaic of natural shapes hints at a variety of influences—sunflowers, a spiral of seashells, fossils embedded in the terrain. The syncopation of shapes, both long and short, are presented in a myriad of cascading colors on top of a white background. While the choice of materials suggests a reference to the design interest of the 1970’s in the natural world, the selection of colors in this piece is entirely modern.

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Belly Up To The Home Bar Cart.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

When heat waves like this one we’re having in San Francisco roll in, all I can think about is sipping on an ice cold drink in the comfort of my own home. It’s so lovely to see bar carts surge back into popularity, especially because I love the reward of entertaining friends and family in your own home. Here are just a few ideas to kick start the quest for the perfect summer bar cart.Joanna Lavén is an amazing talent at prop and interior styling. It’s no wonder her simple yet modern approach to the home bar cart immediately caught my eye. This gold and black mini bar seen above make a chic and regal statement in this crisp, white living space.

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dining style.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Isn’t it great how some of our favorite memories and get togethers end up being simple dinners with friends and family in our own homes? With family vacations and visits in full swing this summer, I thought we should touch on one of the best conversation starters for any event — dining room art. A dining room should be both inviting yet chic, and as with any space, it’s always nice to have something lovely to look at whether the art be bright, floral or sentimental family photos. Minted has loads of art print options, and I thought I’d share some inspiration to get your curator wheels turning.

Darcy Miller’s home in architectural digest.

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The Boucherouite Trend

One of my favorite ways to add a pop of color to a room is with a few Moroccan Boucherouite rugs. These rugs are works of art – made from a variety of materials traditionally woven by hand for as long as a year in some cases. Boucherouite rugs are not your typical floor covering; I love the variety of patterns, colors, sizes and shapes these can come in. Take a peek at some of our favorite Boucherouite rugs and tell us which room you would add one in your own home.

Against my usual color palette of classic black and white, these rugs are two of my own that I added into my home. Aren’t the textures and bright pinks, blues and colors lovely?

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Minted + west elm art challenge: Vote now

In a very exciting new partnership, unlike any we’ve done before, Minted has partnered with West Elm! We received 1,438 entries to our Minted + West Elm Art Challenge. The winning pieces of art will be featured and sold in West Elm stores around the country, starting later this year.

Apertures - West Elm by Genna Cowsert, see more art prints

Apertures – West Elm board by Genna Cowsert. See more art prints

We couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration. Whenever we come across an empty nook or cranny in our homes, West Elm is our go-to stop for something both chic and useful. Also, we love that West Elm shares Minted’s commitment to supporting and promoting individual artists and artisans.

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Al Fresco Dining with Globe Lights

 

With warm weather here to stay, we are finding ourselves coming up with any excuse to dine al fresco with our friends. The perfect addition to any space? A string or three of globe lights to illuminate your space as you reach for that second glass of wine at sunset. I found some of my favorite outdoor dining spaces that show off this beautifully practical accessory, just in time for these warm spring nights.

This outdoor party is made so pretty with the twinkling of the globe lights above by Nicole Polk Photography via Style Me Pretty.

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Splish Splash, Art in The Bath.

Sometimes I feel like our poor bathrooms are hopelessly neglected. They’re the last thing to get some attention and shamefully ignored when it comes to decorating. There’s nothing easier than hanging a bit of artwork, or giving them a soothing coat of paint. Blue is especially lovely when you’re soaking in the tub and need one of those ‘Calgon, take me away moments’. I thought I’d round up a few different looks from the Minted art prints collection to give you some inspiration. From vintage-modern and bold, to bright. colorful and child-friendly, to a more adult-like quiet space for reflecting after a long day – here’s a few themes for you to consider.

The Vintage Modernist: Love, by Max and Bunny; and Neighborly Narwhal, by Monica Tuazon. Bathroom photography by Seth Smoot.

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Modern Eclectic Mix

By Victoria, SF Girl by Bay
Hima is the blog behind Helsinki-based freelance writer Stella Harasek, who writes about all things interior design and everything that relates to the cozy concept called home. Stella’s own home is simply stunning. It’s an unexpected and eclectic mix of everything from classically traditional chandeliers, danish mid-century modern, to inexpensive flea market finds, all working in harmony to create a very comfortable, relaxed lived in look, but with a lot of sophistication enhanced but the subtle pastels and shades of gray she so wonderfully combines. This is my kind of modern eclectic mix…
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DIY: Five-Minute Art Print Frame

By Rachael Smith, Penelope & Pip

diy frame

Minted has such a gorgeous selection of arts prints, especially for Valentine’s Day, so I thought it would be fun to make an easy DIY frame to get your art print hanging in no time – no expensive framing required!

The structure of this frame also has a neat little trick that will let you swap out your art prints whenever you want to change around the theme of your home decor, and the best part is it takes only five minutes to make.

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